Prefer working in a hands-on, physical role, rather than behind a desk?

If you aspire to be a Bricklayer, Joiner or Painter & Decorator, then look no further. We’re here to kick start your career by arming you with all the practical skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.

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DIY - Painting and Decorating and Joinery
Study Area: 19+ Duration: 6 Weeks for each course Attendance: Part-Time
Plastering Level 1
Study Area: 16-18 & 19+ Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time
Multi Skills: Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery, Painting & Decorating Entry Level 3 or Level 1
Study Area: 16-18 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time
Restart - Construction
Study Area: 16-18 Duration: 12 weeks Attendance: Part Time
Bricklaying Level 1
Study Area: 16-18 & 19+ Duration: 1 Year (Diploma) or 6 Months (Award) Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Carpentry & Joinery Level 1
Study Area: 16-18 & 19+ Duration: 1 Year (Diploma) or 6 months (Award) Attendance: Full Time
Painting & Decorating Level 1
Study Area: 16-18 & 19+ Duration: 1 Year (Diploma) or 6 Months (Award) Attendance: Full Time
Bricklaying Level 2
Study Area: 16-18 & 19+ Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Bench Joinery Level 2
Study Area: 16-18 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time
General Welder Level 2
Study Area: Apprenticeships Duration: 18 Months Attendance: Part Time
Painting & Decorating Level 2
Study Area: 16-18 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time
Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship Level 2
Study Area: Apprenticeships Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Part Time
Why study Construction?

Our Trade Academy guarantees a work placement with a local employer – so you can learn on the job.

We have state-of-the-art facilities such as our Painting & Decorating Workshop and our new £1m Brickwork Centre to offer you hands-on experience.

You’ll get a nationally recognised qualification. Most careers in construction are accessible with just a Level 2 qualification.

We have strong links with local and national employers to provide you with work experience, apprenticeships and job opportunities.

You’ll learn from enthusiastic tutors who know their trades inside out, and who will share their inside tips for getting a job in the industry.

Which level is best for you?

Calderdale College has a set of standard entry requirements. Apply for the course you want to study and we will help you get there.

There are a lot of courses available – work focused, practical and academic so it is important to think about the future and whether you want to proceed to university, move onto another course or get a job. We offer BTECs, ApprenticeshipsT Levels, NVQs, VRQs, Degree Level Courses and more.

If you’re still not sure, don’t worry. You can speak to a member of our Advice and Guidance Team who will give you their best advice!

What will I study?

Whether you choose to study Carpentry & Joinery, Painting & Decorating, Brickwork, or one of our other many Construction courses, you will study a range of units within your chosen course. There’s something for everyone!

Example Modules
Some example modules include:

Course Pages
Each individual course page contains information on the modules of study, but if you have any questions we are on hand to help.

Contact our Advice and Guidance team on 01422 399267 or email [email protected] for more info.

Train up and rise fast in a sector expected to grow by 182,000 jobs in the next couple of years.

  • Joiner

    Up to £35k
  • Bricklayer

    Up to £48k
  • Construction Worker

    Up to £37k
  • Builder

    Up to £41k
  • Painter

    Up to £31k
Do you…

Prefer working in a hands-on, physical role, rather than behind a desk?

Are you…

Practical by nature? Have good attention to detail? Can plan a project from start to finish?

Are you…

Ready to work as part of a team and are adept at problem-solving?

Want to…

Span a number of different specialisms to enable you to take advantage of a vast industry full of career opportunities?

Need help with your application?

Request a call back and we'll talk you through it.

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Get your fresh Starbucks at our Inspire Café

Located in the Inspire Centre, our Inspire Café sells Starbucks beverages plus a range of sandwiches and snacks. It is open to students, staff and visitors to the Inspire Centre.

Where to find us
The Inspire Café can be found in the Inspire Centre, at our campus on Francis Street, Halifax.

Food and drink available
Within the café you can find a range of sandwiches, paninis, cold drinks and Starbucks beverages, plus a range of other snacks.

Loyalty card
We offer an Inspire Café loyalty card, for every Starbucks drink you purchase you will be given a stamp and once you have collected 8 stamps you will get a free drink on us!

G Floor

If our Digital Skills and Media students are not in DigiHub they may find themselves on our top floor. 

This is also home to our Business suite and many Apprentices will spend their college hours here with 1 to 1s or group sessions.

Home to:
  • Digital Skills & Media
  • Business & Enterprise
  • Apprenticeships
F Floor

Our University Centre is located on F Floor and is home to all Higher Education students and staff. 

Home to:

  • University Centre
  • Professional Studies
  • Teacher Education
  • Access to HE
  • Curriculum Support
  • Skills for Life
E Floor

This is home to our Health and Social Care Students.

Here you will find a dentistry room with working chair and tools, a pharmacy, a hospital room and nursery style classroom for Childcare students.

Home to:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Early Years & Childhood Professions
  • Dental Nursing
D Floor

D Floor is home to our student run D Cafe.

Run by Employability and Life Skills students, the cafe provides them with skills for the future as well as providing you with a nice coffee and cake. 

Home to:

  • Maths and English
  • Employability & Life Skills
  • D Cafe
  • ESOL
  • Job Centre Plus
C Floor

Our business support, executive suite and meeting rooms are all found on C floor. This floor is restricted for student entry unless permission is granted. 

Home to:

  • Business Support
  • Executive Suite
  • Meeting Rooms
  • External Funding
B Floor

Here you will find The Full Works Salon, a hair and beauty salon run by staff and students; with affordable treatments for you and your friends.

One of our two Learning Centres is also on B Floor and has plenty of PCs for drop-in use as well as bookable rooms for collaboration and quiet study.

Home to:

  • Full Works Salon
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Multi Faith Room
  • 14-16 Suite
  • Students Union
  • Learning Centre
A Floor

A Floor is home to our state-of-the-art DigiHub and Trade Academy. Our Digital Skills, Computing and Media students will spend a lot of their time here in the music studio, photography studio or iMac Suite.

Students of our construction courses will find our Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery workshops. You will also find Cuisine 1893, our very own restaurant standard kitchen, where our hospitality and catering students will train. 

Home to:

  • Reception
  • Cuisine 1893
  • DigiHub
  • Enrolment Suite
  • Learner Services
  • Trade Academy
Inspire Centre

The Inspire Centre is home to our Sport students. With a fitness suite, rock climbing wall, sports hall and outdoor pitches there’s plenty of opportunities to get stuck into a new sport or fitness regime.

The Inspire Centre also hosts our second Learning Centre and our Animal Care students will also find their animals in the various classrooms dedicated to them, or in the outdoor hutches. Facilities for our Public Services, Outdoor Education, Electrical, Plumbing and Engineering courses are also found in the Inspire Centre. Plus you can grab a coffee from Starbucks on your way out!

Home to:

  • Sports & Fitness
  • Animal Care
  • Learning Centre
  • Outdoor Pitches

Discover our Motor Vehicle courses at our NEW bespoke Automotive Centre.

Discover our Motor Vehicle courses at our NEW bespoke Automotive Centre.